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Old 09-17-2006, 02:51 PM   #1
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Shutting off X-Windows

Running Linux Enterprise 4. I need to terminate x-windows in order to install vmware tools. My machine automatically starts up X-Windows. How can I get into reboot the machine without it auto starting x-Windows?

Old 09-17-2006, 02:55 PM   #2
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Change your default runlevel, by editing /etc/inittab. The relevant line is the one that says the following:


You will likely need to change the 5 to a 3. However, it may not be 3 that you need to use - check the comments at the top of the file, usually they tell you which runlevels are used for what. If in doubt, post said comments here.
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If you just need to temporarily shutdown the xserver without rebooting, just switch to root in a terminal and do "init 3". To restart X, you would then do "init 5".


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